Have you ever wondered what our moviemakers will do if, by some fateful chance
once in a long while, they actually stumble over a novel concept? If you haven't,
that's good, because you needn't anyway - illustrations are galore. Here's one
more of those potentially good flicks that have all credibility squeezed out of
them so they are "digestible" to the Indian audiences.
Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Hai is a movie that dares to strip the traditional married female typecast. The story is nearly fresh, and yet it is made to grovel through nonsensical scenes and ludicrous situations, and made to end in a strictly acceptable way. Moreover, the scenes and dialogues are such that it is hardly laudable as a seriously made film.
The movie starts with the perfectly unblemished and well-dieted Pooja (Karishma) vying for the same job as Shiv Kapoor (Abhishek Bachchan) having tall qualifications. Pooja is grabbers and leads Shiv on a rigmarole round the town while settling down in the office. But as destiny would have it, Shiv fares better, and not only becomes the General Manager of the same company, but also bags Pooja as a bonus. They end up honeymooning in that yours forever lovers' paradise, Switzerland.
Now here Shiv has an unscheduled fling with his ex-collegemate who has come for some business conference. You are then led to understand, through certain freewheeling improvisations in the script, that Pooja is a jealously possessive she-devil. So, although taking one's heart back through a sheet of paper is alien to our country, Pooja reacts with the D-word - she asks for divorce as a punishment for the erring husband.
So it's curtains for Shiv, and in comes our next hero, Raj Malhotra (Akshay Kumar).
Raj is a movie star, and Pooja goes to him to seek livelihood. She starts tentatively
at the secretary rung, and slowly proceeds up the ladder towards becoming the
fulltime madame of the house.
After a few songs, some imposed-upon action and another essential trip to Switzerland,
they decide to tie the knot. However, amnesia, that hobgoblin of aged minds, doesn't
touch Pooja, and she is haunted by old memories. And when Raj has a shooting scheduled
in a remote hill-station and arrives with staff and baggage, who should be there
managing the hotel but a very subdued Shiv, with regret written all over him.
He tries a last-ditch effort to get onto the boat he had already missed once,
and what happens is hardly a guess.
A woman going bonkers over the issue is fine. What is incomprehensible is why a regular, wife-loving guy whose pet peeves are avoiding womankind in general slips up so. Karishma's ever the damsel in distress job will leave you a little drained. Abhishek appears to have graduated from being a lumberyard scarecrow. Though going by his plight in the movie you'll want to remain a strictly celibate single.
The movie is nevertheless emotionally warping as it deals with forgiveness and
patience. And it might leave you with a wet eye, if you go by the concept alone.